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From the Editor

elcome to the New Year and the first quarters edition of Airflow for 2013.

A new look Airflow. You may notice a new up-beat look for Airflow from this edition onwards. The professional graphics come courtesy of Jim Henry, a member and past President of the Redbank Summerholm Silent Flyers. Jim has a background in media as a graphic designer, sales manager and businessman and has been the advertising designer for major international companies in Europe and America, as well as in Australia. He is also a keen RC flyer and has flown in British, Dutch and Australian clubs since he took up the sport in 1982. Thank you Jim for helping out. It is much appreciated . As you read through the newsletter there are a couple of important changes advising members of the change of weight restrictions to heavy models and the recent resignation of the MAAA President. Just recently the MAAA secretary has released information regarding the upper weight limit changes which applies to large models up to 150 kg- see page 16 for further information regarding this change. This information has been e-mailed to all state secretaries on the 8th of February. If you are requiring this information regarding big models then please check with your club secretary. The reason for this advice is that some of the club secretaries are not passing on information to their club members . If you are after copies of minutes or any other information that the MAAQ sends out please ask your club secretary for a copy to be sent to you as the MAAQ sends this information to all club secretary’s for them to pass onto their members. By the time you read this newsletter the first Gratton Invitational is over for the year and the next event is already being planned to be bigger & better .The weather played a part in the weekend with rain interrupting some events throughout the weekend but overall a good success Quite a few hobby suppliers were there on site including Wings over the Downs,Budget Hobbies, Concept Hobbies, Christian Traders, O’Reilleys Model Products and Burbur Hobbies. Mike McConville (USA) and Ali Machinchy (UK) were also in attendance over the weekend, with Ali giving some awesome display flying of a turbine powered composite glider (3 channel) about 1800 mm in span. The high speed stall was spectacular and when you don’t have motor control you flew it flat out, until the turbine ran out of fuel. The most amount of carnage was the foam T28 Trojan pylon race where one took out four others on the start line. The big Catalina was on show but has not yet been flown until further inspections & permits are provided . You will find some photos of the event on pages nine & ten Maryborough Club were to host the Control Line State Champs over the weekend of 23-24th February but rain interrupted the event so the event has now been postponed to a date to be fixed. Keep an eye out on the web site for further developments regarding this event. Something different is coming up at Bundaberg in September 21st- A Weird & Wonderful Fun Fly . Anything goes, the only stipulation is that the model must not look like a normal plane and it should be able to fly even if briefly. Keep an eye out for further info on this in the next edition. There are some new advertisers new to Airflow and I would like to welcome Burbur Hobbies and RCGF Engines Australia for taking their time to advertise in the Airflow Newsletter. Please support these suppliers for your hobby supplies where possible. Doug Airflow Editor


Next General MAAQ Meeting date : 25TH MAY 2013 AT Chermside Library at 2.00 PM. Afternoon tea provided after meeting. Don’t forget to bring something for show and tell during the afternoon tea . Hope to see you at the next meeting. PLEASE NOTE THE CUT OFF DATE FOR MATERIAL FOR THE APRIL-JUNE EDITION WILL BE THE 31ST MAY 2013. Please consult the calendar of events or the web site event calendar for the meeting dates for 2013. Front cover: Photos courtesy of Luke Cullen taken at the Gratton Invitational. Top: Steve Thomas Big PBY Catalina. Bottom: Luke with Ali Machinchy from the United Kingdom with Lukes F15 Jet. Front cover designed by Jim Henry- See Editors report. email:


Flood photo of RAAF field. The water was still rising when this photo was taken. A porta loo had to be tied down to stop it from floating away.


Combined speed finialists with Fran Jacobsen from Maryborough with 21 Proto a new Australian record .

From the Albury Wodonga Nationals Open Rat Finialists: l To R- John Taylor/ AIRFLOW 6 Mark Ellins 2nd, Ken Hunting/Harry Bailey 1st, R Owens & Ric Justic 3rd.

Albury Wodonga Nationals Mini G/year finalists R to L Mcdermott/Lekneys 3rd, Ellins/Wilson 1st, Rod Williams(DMAC)Ross Stokes(LARCS) 2nd.

Albury Wodonga Nationals Jet Speed: David Axon 2nd, John Taylor 1st, John Walker 3rd. John Taylor recently managed a third & a first 153 mph + in NewZealand Comps Sports Jet.


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Gratton Air Invitational 14-17 February 2013

Peter Love’s P40 rests between races. There were some good scraps with the Mustang racing round the pylons very similar in speed

Very Pretty Space Walker, powered by a “Flat 4” motor.

Latest Parkzone “Visionaire” is becoming popular seen at Gratton Invitational.

Mike O’Reilley’s glider prepped for an aero tow.

Top left Stearman waiting to be flown in a scale round , Top right - One that survived ? AIRFLOW 9 ParkZone Trojan T28 ready for the next race.These models were all standard straight out of the box apart from decoration for identification purposes.

BALSA BASHING IS STILL HAPPENING . A group of SQAM members have formed a builders group to encourage members who had never built from scratch before and are in the process of building five “Red Zephyr “old timers . Each Wednesday night there is a build session at one of the members work shop where the flurry of balsa shavings and balsa dust fills the air. Wing ribs being made in bulk, fuse sides by the pair and tails as well. There are quite a few different building styles from the solid balsa to the built up flying surfaces, while with the nose “stick with the traditional type look” and others have taken on the “Thomas the Tank engine look”. Most will be powered with electric motors with one solitary one powered by the good old “Sparkie “. The following few photos of the guys progressing with their models.

Steff pieces model together while Bill looks on.

Red Zephyr’s in different stages of construction. All built from plans, powered by Brushless 35 mm motors and three cell lipo’s. Allan Eastley with his completed & flying.



A series of photos of the Logan Field after the flood in January. The flood level to the roof of the clubhouse took less than 6 hours and covered over 120 acres. It is the worst flooding in 30 years that LARCS have been at this venue. LARCS members are thankful to Tingalpa and Gold Coast Clubs for there generosity inviting our members to fly at their facilities until we were able to fly again. AIRFLOW 11


MAAA President resigns after Strategic Workshop in Adelaide. The strategic planning workshop was conducted in February in Adelaide. Following this meeting the MAAA President Paul Winter resigned, leaving the Vice President Neil Tank to carry on in the role of President of the MAAA. A vacancy will occur if the Vice President is elected as President. Nominations and CV’s are to be sent to the Federal Secretary Kevin Dodd by the closing date of 19th April 2013. The MAAQ President attended the workshop which was a brainstorming of ideas to see where the MAAA could be going in the next ten years. Discussion started with groups of 5 so everybody could get a mix of ideas and to have a chance of expressing their ideas. Then each group made up a poster to be brought out to the front of the groups and each table nominated one member from their table to speak on their ideas. Since the workshop all discussions have been collated into a spread sheet. The findings of this workshop will be filtered down to the state bodies and clubs. It has to be implemented at state and club levels for it to be a success. The Grand Plan will be formulated by May this year. The council members will vote for this 10 year plan. Whatever the outcome will be, it is up to the MAAA committee to be driven at their level, state level and club level. Council members will know late in April when the agenda comes out. Airflow changes There have been some slight changes in the Airflow format with the gloss cover wrap now being integrated into future editions to give better presentation and impact for the advertisers who advertise in the magazine, along with a new cover design thanks to Jim Henry, and brings the newsletter up to the next level. I rely upon good photos for the front cover and articles for the Airflow and without the usual contributors there would be nothing to keep it going. I need your support, so please if you have any good photos worthy for cover material please advise the editor. If your club has had an event and would like to let members know and promote your future events please don’t hesitate to flick an email and some photos if you can to the editor at: for inclusion into the newsletter. Bid for the Nationals 2015. A proposal from TMAC (Tingalpa) has been put forward at the last General MAAQ meeting to hold a Queensland Nationals here in the south east in 2015. The committee will take this proposal to the MAAA conference in May, for the MAAA council to approve. Once approved the MAAQ will appoint a sub committee to run the Nationals on behalf of the club that is applying. This subcommittee can be made up of the club members. Once the approval is given and the sub committees elected, it will be time to get started on the planning and preparing venues. 2015 sounds a long way off but when you are on a sub committee that time goes particularly fast. I wish the committee all the best in the proposal and receive a favorable reply and to make the Nationals a great success.


No. 6 - 2012

Model Airplane Flight at it’s Highest Level

Before anyone would be F objecting of the title, I hasten l to define, that the expression doesy not designate the i quality but the location. n Certainly, those who are g touched by the enterprise to be introduced in the following, are (yet) far from the level of technical expertise that is required for competing at the highest level, however, even beginners are found among them. The highest level in this case refers to: the highest level of education. That specific location is the University of Obuda Banki Donat Mechanical – and Safety Technology Engineering Department, formerli the Technical College of Budapest, where since 2010 – to the best of our knowledge in Hungary (perhaps even in Europe) it is first - that the curriculum of airplane modeling is introduced.

But how did the boot get on the table? The expression of airplane modeling conjures up the image, in the mind of the general public, of some bright faced children running after their little models, and in some cases – with some level of understanding – view this as the hobbys of some grown men who have too much free time on their hands; and only the dedicated few claim that it is a sport, competitive; and morover if it were to be judged by the 1

olympic standards, it would be realized that airplane modeling, perhaps, is one of our most accomplished sports.

The Dean (with neck tie) did not only provide the necessities, he came along for the flight

More then sport

with set backs (this is not being thought anywhere in today’s environment, although this is much needed…) and last, but not least, social interaction nowadays the families are included in the competitive events.

For some it is even more then sport. Those who tried modeling realized the pleasure of creating, the event of the flight, the requirement of raising performance and the success of implementation, for this person it quickly becomes an obsession – if I may use a macro economics analogy: modeling becomes a primary event int the daily activities. Modeling is, all at once, knowledge of materials (the latest of hi-tech); knowledge of manufacturing technology (hitech as well), after all the models have to be assembled from those modern materials; meteorology, the models have to be able to overcome all types of weather conditions; then skills, physical training, dedication and dealing

The do it yourself approach It is easy to see that the above list of attributes of airplane modeling is primarily an addition to and a listing of the shortcomings of today’s younger generation’s acquired abilities and potentials. Recognizing that while the significance of modeling is growing, on the contrary, the practical education of the youth is diminishing and along with this their abilities as well. The Public Letter · 6/2012


universially acclaimed effect of the computer is the virtualization of the world of the younger generation. Today the applicants for higher technical education are, for the most part, short of basic practical experiences and abilities resulting in short changing the „do it yourself approach” (that has questionable values in some cases). The first model is made of DEPRON (MANO) – ideal for closed book exam for a crowd

Work method: „Imagene that you are working on a submarine – there is no room to expand!”

It is great if there is some space next to a person

Theory becomes understandable and unforgettable The generation growing up exclusively in front of the computer screen is becoming, sooner or later, incapable to operate the social-technological environment that has been developed over a long period of time. There are basic connections as well. Take for example the scary, foreign expression anizotropia. The introduction of this concept as a curriculum on the computer screen and the memorization of this theory – understandably – is a very dry subject. However, it becomes understandable, even unforgettable, and applicable when the event of multidirectional breaking of a piece wood is observed and experienced, as well as the unique (azinotrop) behavior of hi-tech composit materials. There are consequences beyond the simple, common wisdom, that are extending to economical, or even environmental protection. The individual who does not understand or utilizes the mechanics of the inherited environment, produces rejects and wastes resources – without reason.

The practice of teaching theory was instituted

The two professors: Istvan Baranyi and Dr. Andras Jancso 2

At one point in time (1983) airplane modeling was thought in public education. Unfortunately for a short time only. In 2010

the University of Obuda - in a pioneering mode at home (as well as in Europe) instituted the practice of teaching the theory, the building of the airplane model and mechanics of practical flight of airplane models. The course titled Aviatika is a three year curriculum leading the student to a comprehensive understanding of the science. During the on hand education the student is getting a first hand overview, from the construction of a paper model to the electrical sailplane model, of the progression from the theoretical to the practical. By the end of the curriculum the student will progress to using the materials and parts in the airplane models that are being used today in the hi-tech industry.

Described as technical seminar It is noteworthy that there is a much greater interest toward practical work by the student generation, initially described as grown up in front of the computer screen, than we assumed at the beginning. We sent the information regarding the airplane modeling course to apprimately a thousand students – initially described as a technical seminar. The announcement was a resounding success: resulted in about a hundred responses. The school could not accomodate this many applicants, we had to screen the applicants and reduced the starting class size to 43. Past experience indicated that this was an acceptable class size, based past experiences that about 25 percent will not show for the first hour and half of the remainder will be lost to attrition. Here the past experience turned out to be misleading, this is not how it happened. True, some did not show. Three. And there was attrition as well. But the class size never dropped below 25 even when some were recorded absent.

Public Letter · 6/2012


The small F1Q model is finished – we are testing the operation of the clock

First flight in minus 11 degrees The enthusiasm – as the faculty reasoned – has to be recognized. The decision was that the second half of the course will be accredited with 3 credit points. The expanded and upgraded course dictated a smaller class size. This is how the Aviatika II. was started in the fall with 14 headcount. (Perhaps it is worth invoking some statistics: there was not an hour with less then 13 headcount and 13 received accreditation). The completed model – which qualifies as an F1Q airplane model – is attended to by the students even after hours. The first flight was conducted on December 27, in 3

minus 11 degrees temperature and ankle deep snow and according to the traditions of model airplane enthusiasts – 10 of the 14 students showed up, some even brought their girl friends, thus it is self explenatory that airplane modeling, not in the least, is a family event as well.

From history of airplane modeling to composite systems Aviatika III. will start in the spring semester. Simutaneously the next Aviatika I. The later is based on the true and tried Sziriusz balsa model, and the former is based on a more sophisticated FH1 model as practical hands on requirements. The theoretical contents of the first two courses are the flight and history of airplane modeling; the laws of physics of flight of bodies heavier than air; the

balance of glider and powered flights; the stability and steering of the airplane; the structural elements of the airplane and their functions and constructions; materials and technology of the airplane manufacturing and airplane modeling; hi-tech materials and composit systems; natural influencing elements of flight, geographical and weather; flying the aiplane model, rules of competition and the use of the airplane models in the economy. The contents of the third semester highlights the theories and practices that are coming into utilization, along with hi-tech materials.

The inside of the fuselage of the small F1Q Public Letter · 6/2012


The last mutual review before grading

Low budget – the materials and the instruments that are required for construction and flight of the models are provided by the school – and for the time being this pioneering enterprise of the university is limited in scope. We hope that we can make a contribution so that, the graduates of the Banki, will have received and are supported by a more effective and practical education, and that this education will be usable to gaining employment in the airline industry (if not, then anywhere in the arena of technical services). And in the future, the warm feeling we would experience in our hearts, would not be only because seeing the youngsters running after their airplane models.

There should be no misunderstanding! We are not educating airplanemodelers, instead airplane-maintenance engineers, in cooperation with Lufthansa, partially within the parameters of the German language airplane-maintenance specialized mechanical engineering program. Perhaps, a little different then it is happening elsewhere.

CIAM Flyer 6-2012 Thanks to the author of this Flyer: Dr. Andras Jancso University of Obuda, HUN Banki Donat Mechanical and Safety Technology Engineering Department

Editor: Emil Ch. Giezendanner 4

Public Letter ¡ 6/2012


TMAC Model Expo 7 October 2012 Photos by Malcolm Campbell

P-40 Kittyhawk

Royal Aircraft Factory BE2c

Northrop P-61 Black Widow

Tiger Moth

P-51 Mustang

Pitts Special

Aerobatic model doing its thing


We Welcome You!

Wide Bay Electric Sports and Soaring

We are a small friendly club that focuses more on the enjoyment of Aeromodelling. WBESS was formed to expand into all the different types and styles that this wonderful sport offers! We welcome everyone and, any form of aeromodelling; our members have interests in a great variety of aircraft. The main focus of the club is to enjoy your flying and enjoy the environment that we fly within! Our members are friendly and we enjoy spending the time together flying our models and the collective knowledge that our members have, there is always someone to help! We have qualified members with a Flying Instructor and a Heavy Model Inspector. Our MAAA qualified instructor is available for flight training of new members and is available free to anyone! The types of aircraft we fly are various and encompassing everything from a small electric up to Scale Warbirds, Multi Engine Electrics, Sport flyers, Helicopters, and F3b, F3f competition Gliders! Our flying days are usually Wednesdays and Sundays from 8am. Our field is also available to use any day of the week. st


Our Membership is from the 1 July to the 30 June, our fees include insurance with the MAAA. Membership forms are available on our website.




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WBESS Club Membership

Club Secretary

$104.00Senior $44.00Junior $16.00Yearly OR And at the MAAQ Website, Club Listings page, under WBESS.

Where are we?

We are about 32km’s South of Bundaberg just off Woodgate Rd, if you travel on Goodwood Rd for about 20 minuets you will come to Goodwood School and the Woodgate Turnoff. Turn left onto Woodgate Rd, and travel about 1.5kms to Oliver’s Rd which is the first right turn after you turn onto Woodgate road. You follow Oliver’s Rd to the left hand Dog Leg, follow it around and travel until it opens up in to an open field and you should see us to the left flying.

Our club day is Wednesday & Sunday from 7am


BUNDABERG - THE EARLY YEARS The Bundaberg Aeromodeller’s club has a long history and with none of us getting any younger the club has decided to collate and record the story with as many photos from the beginnings into a hard cover book before it’s lost. We are seeking any old photographs or other material that others may have to include in the book. Perhaps you attended the Nats back in ’93 or other events in the early days and have photos that you could share? Any photos, old flyers, programs or other information would be much appreciated. You can send scanned images to Arthur Bugden or contact him on 4152 1719 or 0419 738 630. The History of the Bundaberg Aeromodellers Inc can be traced back to at least 1939 when modellers from as far afield as Mackay were known to have been in Bundaberg for an intercity contest. Photos and press clippings of that competition held in Bundaberg are part of the historical record of Ernie Walker, a foundation member of the original Mackay Club in 1937. Not much is known of the pre-war aero modelling activities but Ernie’s records show that the club operating at that time was known as the 4BU Aeromodellers. Fifty four years later when these unknown facts became known 4BU was to become a major sponsor of the 46th National Championships which were conducted in Bundaberg, the first time ever they had been north of Brisbane. It appears that the club may have gone into recess during the war years when modelling materials became all but impossible to acquire, but in the early fifties a small dedicated group founded the forerunner of our present day club. In Bundaberg, control line flying got started in Barber Park (next door to the State High School) and continued there for some time but it was inevitable that with the advent of the unmuffled glow plug engine and encroaching houses the club had to move and was relocated to what was then the outskirts of town at Martins Oval, now a major soccer complex. Over the years a number of locations served as the flying field for the Bundaberg club but for one reason or another they were forced to move and seek other suitable sites. Determined to never again be in the position of using other people’s property, many, many sites were investigated for either purchase or lease with most being unviable with the club’s limited financial resources. Sometimes luck is on your side and a piece of land (more accurately called scrub) was found at Coonarr which was under a mining lease to Ipswich Collieries for exploration purposes. They would have to relinquish part of their lease if the club were to gain use of the land. Our then President, Arthur Bugden phoned the Company to discuss the matter and fortune was with us with the person in charge of the company’s leases being an old school friend of the President. After many months of government meetings, speaking with politicians, getting approvals, we finally had a home to call our own, or at least a 70 acre piece a scrub, with no access road to begin the years of work ahead to convert it to our envisioned “best model air field in Australia”. It was indeed fortunate this land was acquired at this time as a short time later the mining lease on the area was relinquished and the surrounding area was gazetted a national park. It was around this time that there was a split in the club with a small minority thinking we were taking on much too much and they left us to form their own club. However the remaining members put their collective shoulders to the wheel and from small beginnings great things started to grow. The club was very fortunate to have Rick Rogers as a member AIRFLOW 20

(he worked for the Burnett Shire Council) and he was able to gain us many favours at reduced costs through his many connections. Council agreed to provide an access road now know as Golchert Drive in honour of the Golchert family who loaned much equipment (tractors etc) to the club to assist our development work. The first formal event at the field was a grand opening fly-in with visitors from far and wide on the Australia Day weekend in January 1989 which was conducted before the present clubhouse was even erected. Flying field conditions at that time could best be described as primitive but the Club has gone from strength to strength with a few hiccups along the way with many achievements to its credit including many State Championship events being conducted on the field and a full National Championship (the 46th, 1993) and Two World Pylon Racing Championships being conducted locally.  What is the future, who knows, but with a known 73 years of modelling in Bundaberg and one of the largest memberships in our history, we look forward to the next seventy three years with enthusiasm. If you would like to know more about our club check out the website


First official event held at Bundaberg with the slab of the current club house down. Australia Day weekend 1989. Photo below : Early racing competition

Some early photos of the Bundaberg club: P24 top: Competition early 1960’s, P24 bottom: John Farmer & Arthur Budgen with the “Avro Avian” Bert Hinklers Biplane . Bottom Photo : Les Speight in the early 60’s. Still a regular flying member now aged 84.



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T.A.S Display and Come and Try Day Success

Following on from the very successful display at the major shopping centre a Come and Try day was held on the Sunday. The photo on right is the first student of a total of 18 for the day. Keith Quigg, MAAQ Vice President was the Instructor for this particular flight. AIRFLOW 24




28-1st april sam australia championships at canowindra nsw APRIL see maaq web site for entry form 6-7



QPFA Pattern comp. (Closed Fields) at maryborough

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MAY 4-5 66th national championships helicopter at lake george soaring league canberra a.c.t 4-6 2013 CONTROL LINE STATE CHAMPS COMBAT/RACING INCLUdING 2014 WORLD CHAMPS SELECTION AT CLASI IPSWICH. 4-5 warbirds at tin can bay 18-19 fly in at dmac- dalby 25




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Tincan bay extreme heli fun fly

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F/F Admin: Ted Burfein

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C/L Admin: Kerry Ewart

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